Fox will be patient with its $50M year-long ‘Utopia,’ despite a steep viewership drop

09.10.14 3 years ago


Fox will be patient with its $50M year-long “Utopia,” despite a steep viewership drop
“We launched it really early, maybe before viewers were ready for a new fall show,” says Fox boss Dana Walden. “No one thought we were going to launch a huge ratings juggernaut, but with patience it will grow and we're going to have patience.”

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George Clooney is visiting “Downton Abbey” to film a spoof scene for charity
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How “Sons of Anarchy” is like “Will & Grace”
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Timothy Simons spent their “Veep”-bound flight tweeting at each other
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Watch the NY Times Magazine create a bust of Lena Dunham”s head
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Jon Stewart had to learn to become a movie director while directing a movie
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Anthony Bourdain”s “Parts Unknown” will visit Vietnam, Tanzania and Iran
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Why “The Bridge” is now the best show you”re not watching
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“Catfish” gets mashed up with “Saved by the Bell”
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Meet “Grey”s Anatomy”s” real-life McDreamy
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Ellen twerked with Nicki Minaj
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Check out an “Orphan Black” infographic
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Why Kristen Bell joined the “Veronica Mars” spinoff
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